Download METHOD Comic Strip Vol. I EVA

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We have taken our short film project METHOD to the next level! We are exploring our characters’ complexities by translating their story to a comic strip and Graphic Novel Series, compiled of 8 Volumes each. Eva is highly emotional.  A deeply hidden secret dictates her actions and shapes her personality day by day. An element of darkness in between a mixture of joy and sadness  dreams and reality reveals a shocking parallel side in her current life in Vol. I. Download METHOD VOL.I Comic Strip and “Eva’s Secret” short story. 

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METHOD the Graphic Novel & Comic Strip

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HEKATE Film Works

Contact Details: Ms Sally- Anne Long. Head of Marketing and Communications contact@hekatefilmworks.com mobile: 07447617591

Join us in the celebration for the launch of METHOD Trans Media Project 1 Our the newly created ‘METHOD The Comic Strip & the Graphic Novel’ Series

Reading Broad Street, Reading RG1 on 25th July  12 noon- 6pm

Register online at www.hekatefilmwroks.com/Event Free Entry, refreshments, fun activities and prize draw. All welcome.

This event serves us as an opportunity to make our filmmaking activities known to the people of Reading and also bringing a stronger sense of innovation, creativity and the development of Arts in the Reading, Berkshire, community. It is exciting to see how much talent there is here in Reading.

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HEKATE Film Works is a film and video production company offering a wide range of video production services, from commercials to wedding videos, actor’s reels, video appeals etc.

We are also a growing ‘Filmmaker and Movie Lover’ online community featuring our popular Facebook group ‘Short Films Online’ and our Film Forum at www.hekatefilmworks.com where industry professionals and fans, alike, can share their views and ask questions. HEKATE Film Works main focus lies on creating inspirational theatrical pieces for the Entertainment Industry, thought provoking, powerful and memorable moving images, our dream is to greatly contribute to the 7Th Art world’s legacy. We have been in existence since 2012 with our Head Quarters in Reading, UK. Since then we have produced award winning short films and featured in some of the most important Film Festivals around the world including Palms Spring, Clermont-Ferrand, San Diego International Kids Film Festival and Depth of Field International Film Festival.

METHOD Trans Media Project 1 was born as an idea to add an extra element to our short film project ‘METHOD’, thus implementing our marketing and distribution strategy as well as being an initiative to offer ‘more’ to our fans and followers.

“ Independent Filmmakers nowadays are having to be extremely creative, inventive, innovative in order to reach their audiences, stand out and reach their goals’ Said Sylvia Love Johnson, Filmmaker and Founder of HEKATE Film Works.

METHOD Trans Media Project 1 has turned into an exciting opportunity to discover and showcase some very talented artists in the UK.

Over the next season we will be introducing you to amazing, yet still unknown, creative talent.

We are happy to use this platform to promote the work of a diversity of artist with our METHOD Trans Media Project 1.

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More about HEKATE Film Works…Projects in Development

METHOD Short Film (pre-Production)

METHOD analyses Love:  true love, fake love, falling in love, falling out of love, obsessive love, love between siblings, the first love of a boy.

We explore the bond between brothers, drama in difficult relationships, psychoanalysis and deception.

In the race to prove the right to ‘get the girl’ two brothers employ the “Method” only to end up revealing each other’s darkest side.  In the depths of the story we find the tragedy of lost love.

Montana Mischief Feature Film (Pre-Production)

The 15 year old Janelle Montana is the Joan of Arch of the 21rst Century. Her story is set in gang mobster environment in the down to earth neighborhood of Lewisham, Southeast London.

The action packed story of a young girl who has suffered a great loss and receives an extraordinary calling.  Montana Mischief focuses in how Janelle Montana deals with her loss; it will also reveal the bravery of her character and the loyalty of her teenage friends. Her decisiveness to take over her father’s business marks a new stage in her life and shows how she assumes responsibility, gains strength and builds her character. All these events clash with the celebration of her 15th birthday.

Our future and current events and activities include:

The ‘Montana Mischief Casting Call’

We have published the Casting Call for our first Feature film on www.starnow.com we’ve had a response of 900 applications and counting after only a week of publishing it. We are looking for very particular people, with unique attributes and most of all we want to find and showcase new talent around UK. We are making an ‘Event’ out this casting call, by publicising it largely, this is in order to raise funds for the filming, raise awareness of the project, to give as many actors/actresses as possible, the opportunity to be in the film and finally and most importantly to do a thorough and concise talent search.

First Auditions will be held in September – October 2015.

HEKATE Film Works Short Animation Competition, Round 3

After the first 2 rounds, over 300 applications to submit to our ‘invitation only’ competition, having discovered great talents, such as Katherine Jackson, Adam Webb and Rishi Rai we are taking it to the next level. For round 3 all artists are welcome to submit, no invitation required, plus there will be a £150 cash prize award and an Internship at HEKATE Film Works for the winner.

  • HEKATE Film Works ‘Pop Art & Comic Competition’

We are thrilled with the great work that we have already seen submitted for our first round of the competition. Submissions close on 15 December 2015. Our Pop Art and Comic Competition is a wonderful method for discovering and showcasing talent around the world, which would, otherwise, remain unknown.

  • Reading Artists Network’ Events

We are gathering all the artists in Reading, Berkshire. Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, Photographers, Actors, Writers, Painters and more, to create our very own ‘Reading Artists Network’. Many artists and Film and Entertainment Industry Professionals in Reading have to constantly rely on London to find work and to make connections. ‘Reading Artists Network’ will be a great way to connect and work together in Reading, Berkshire.

The first Networking Event is to be held in December 2015 a ‘Cheese and Wine Party’ hosted by HEKATE Film Works.

  • Award Winning HEKATE Short Films London and South East, Screening Tour

Community Centres and screening houses around London and South East UK will host our short films during our Tour in the spring of 2016 Short films to feature in this tour:

‘Art’s Eyes’ 2012

Award Winner, children’s short film. This beautiful, fun, inspiring and super Artful 12 minutes Movie shows the awesome creativity of 8 and 7 year olds Davide and Gabriel. They are the creators of all digital art, all the handprints, and the animation sequences. They also took all the still photos and 90% of the video.

‘She Moon Love Spell’ 2013

“Suggestive and Beautiful” Per Bohlin

“A lovely moment of Zen to start the day “John G.

Featuring the ‘inspirational’ ‘magical song’ “True Love”, original music theme from the Short film “She Moon, Love Spell” 2013 by Sylvia Love Johnson,

She Moon, Love Spell has inspired audiences around the world. Based on the novel by Sylvia Love Johnson “Mystic Dream” its main sequence depicts the moment when the 5 young protagonists of the story, meet in the forests, after dusk to perform a ‘love spell’. The theme song leads us to discover that the ‘love spell’ is cast upon humanity for the benefit of all people and of creation.

“Very Divine and Kudos for creativity, but most daring was the combined thrust for love, power and an in-depth display of spells…” Janet Kelly

‘Ethical Fashion: Tammam’ 2013

A short documentary film that focuses on environmental awareness with fashion as its core topic.

Fashion is a part of our culture our society our identity. How does fashion respect our home, planet Earth?

Atelier Tammam is a small traditional couture atelier (fashion studio and showroom) based in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London. They specialize in hand crafted, hand made, high quality bridal and evening wear.

Lucy Tammam tells us about their environmentally friendly practices such as planting a tree per each gown they produce, working in a fair trade basis and ensuring an ethical source chain while selecting only natural fabrics for her designs.

‘Forgotten Paradise’ 2015 

Presently being shown at the Palms Spring Short Film Fest and in the Official selection of Depth of Field International Film Festival.

In search for the answer of some of the most important questions in life, two young boys 8 and 10 years old put into action their creative skills, they decide to make a film about fear and loneliness. Research, a spirit of adventure and pure child like reasoning results in a surprising turn of events. This short film is a hearty, emotionally uplifting comedy, a cinematic piece with poetic elements of spiritual awakening.

  • METHOD Short Film (pre-production)

This short film will be completed in 2016

  • METHOD Trans Media Project 2, the second edition of the METHOD Trans Media Project 1 with a further 4 Comics and Graphic Novel short Stories for what happened After ‘METHOD’ the short film.
  • Montana Mischief Feature Film (pre-production). We shall enter production during the last quarter of 2016

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Darkness V Light (METHOD)

Method by Sylvia Love Johnson

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Anatomy of the Creation Process

Darkness v Light

METHOD by Sylvia Love Johnson

The main theme symbolised with the white lily explores the duality of opposites and the need of the existence of the parallels as one; darkness and light, death and rebirth, purity and sensuality.  Susie’s Poem at the end of the film exposes the paradox and the moral of the story we have followed, in which each individual struggles with the darkest side in them and each longs for a way to reconcile and integrate the darkness within their personality through their roles in METHOD. The poem concludes that the equal acceptance of both “sides of a coin” results in freedom.

The interrogation setting was designed to produce a sense of mystery and expectation.The atmosphere wanting to recreate a womb, where creation is taking place.

METHOD by Sylvia Love Johnson

Actors and director go through a series of Method exercises in the journey towards building a character, the process is possible by allowing the death of self or ego, constructing from a natural state of being.

The lighting design to create the desired atmosphere provides the suggestion of an intimidating space where one or more people are being put to the test. We made different choices as to how simulate the interrogation space to evoke feelings of uneasiness. We used coloured dimmed lights, orange, three point lighting combined with LED soft front light to highlight the hair of the unseen interrogator, soft front light to illuminate the subject together with hard side lighting on an angle, to create a sharp and definite spotlight on the subject. We then tried intense focused lighting point coming from directly above the subject’s head, this proved ideal if we wanted to give our character the sinister look, which the main character, Danny, would grow into as the film reached its peak. We added cold soft light in the foreground so as to intensify the presence of the interrogator and audience.

A contrasting combination of light and darkness on the face of the main character to represent the unknown, possible fear, mystery and conflict, all these suggested a wide range of possibilities as to where the scene was heading; rising the expectations of our audience.  The unseen interrogator remains slightly exposed yet strongly represented with low key/high contrast bathed in shadow.

 Casting: While casting METHOD I was aware that I would need actors who are experienced with method acting and conventional acting training technics.

Due to the complexity of the theme; a film within a film and Characters creating a character, a real love triangle reflected on a make belief, fake or movie love triangle, a history of past hurts and traumas, regarding  parental relationships. Love carrying emotional baggage with the unwillingness to let go and the struggle with the loss of a loved one.

What started of as a “boy meets girl and it all goes wrong” film, became a very different and much more complicated story.

We start with the conflict between brothers for the love a woman and we then discover that this conflict originated during their childhood, as it seems that the siblings have always been rivals over the love of their mother.  They have always been jealous of each other. Be it because their mother treated them unfairly or because one or both brothers draw towards the edge of a relationship that leads to jealousy and insecurity instead of love. The love triangle serves to bring to the surface the character traits to be dealt with, faced up to and embraced.

Danny is the modern hero; the protagonist who we draw to love and like to then discover he is actually the bad one. Danny’s exhilarating energy, confidence and charm is in fact hiding a whole different self, a man full of anger, who is egocentric and insecure. His entire life, his flat, clean and lineal, shows the way he handles himself, many clothes, through smart up sessions, his job; a charismatic actor, all this helps him and aids him in hiding who he really is and what he feels, which is total indifference towards the rest of people, an obsessive need to protect himself and most of all anger. He is not to find reconciliation, although he goes through the path in his attempt to be liked, and of conquering love yet his dark nature does not allow reconciliation.

Susie struggles with the loss of a loved one, her feelings and emotions serve to achieve her goals, yet this prevents her from letting her go of grieve, alienating her and putting her aside from the rest of people, to wonder indefinitely in the her own world of pain, for better or for worst.

The pair makes perfect opposites yet totally incompatible because they both cling to their dark sides and are unable to allow room for light, joy or love. They base their living upon this thick darkness that has become as essential as air. On the other hand, Simon and Monica try to constantly renew their beings, even if with difficulty they are bound to find reconciliation with their dark side through their love. 

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The outsider theories…

Ego v Angel

Danny’s Ego versus Susie Ghost/Angel

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“BIUTIFUL” 2010 Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. Spain.

Biutiful  = A man who is trying his best.

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In the past when I wrote a story I usually felt I had decent characters but only until I watched “Biutiful” a feature film by the Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.

An entire life story shown within the first minutes; the depth of an invented personality expressed thoroughly within a few words out of his mouth. Sheer darkness enveloping, screaming:  “secrets are about to be revealed!” Thick anguish so palpable, a thrilling mixture of bittersweet innocence and cruelty. This is what Alejandro’s character, Uxbal (Javier Bardem), a man living in this world but able to see death, played by Javier Bardem, did for me. Within the first two minutes of meeting him I really wanted to know him better. Regardless of the type of story Uxbal was about to tell, I so desperately wanted to hear it.

My favourite lesson from “Biutiful” after characterisation  was on location: how Alejandro boldly takes over the main streets of the amazing city of Barcelona and he shots a scene of calm and pleasant order rapidly turning into massive chaos, within seconds, with catastrophic consequences. It was so ugly it was amazing to watch. It made me feel that you really need some guts to be an impacting filmmaker.

Do I have that sort of guts?  would I dare to do what Alejandro  did with the city of Gaudi? I don’t know, but to dare considering it is a step forward.

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Regarding script and cinematography Certify Copy” 2010, Abbas Kiarostami, Italy: Certify Copy’s the subtext presents an intriguing world of possibilities. Giving value to all that is not said or shown in the film truly allowing the imagination of the audience to do as it pleases. The creative shots and incredible use of mirrors and reflections combined with natural light inspired some of Susie’s most intimate moments in METHOD, yet to be shot.

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For the editing I chose to learn from “Red Lights” 2012, Rodrigo Cortes, USA. Rodrigo Cortes’s camera movement and editing goes beyond the conventional.

Also the contradiction between the protagonist and the antagonist makes an interesting setting; the supposed antagonist played by Robert Deniro puts us in conflict with our own believes, we have been educated to believe in the paranormal, yet the protagonist is telling as that is it all lies, it seems like the filmmaker wants to convince us of the opposite to our believes.  In our society we are educated through the media, especially film, to put faith above science. It is indeed a moral dilemma that Cortes solves by giving us the answer we want, he in the end allows us to continue to have faith in the impossible with an extraordinary resolution.

Here the fact that it is our beliefs as viewers that determine what moral dilemma we are dealing with is conclusive. It is up to us how important the dilemma is and how it should be resolved. The writer will give peace to some of us yet will disappoint others. Targeting culture and society is critical. To be successful we need to know what our audience desires what they believe in and what beliefs they would let go of easily or not. Cortes does this brilliantly.

Danny v Uxbal

The outsider making peace, Uxbal,

Character: he has a gift= evil? Yes he has made bad choices?=on the wrong side, =trying to do his best, =society is to blame=he has a great affliction= life is hard on him= on everyone! But he has a terrible affliction= does his affliction save him, do we forgive him because of it. Only if he lets go, he does, he has not choice in the end. His tragic ending makes him likable.

Moral Dilemma: Uxbal does all the evil to care for the ones he needs to save. In a parallel Danny is the way he is because he also is trying his best. Do we forgive him? No, Danny does not let go. Cleverly Alejandro gives us the right conclusion for Uxbal in one sentence, one of the lines spoken by the friend and councillor, brings peace to Uxbal or at least to me, the viewer.

Abbas Kiarostami Magic reflections versus Susie’s location. The Cinematography/Art direction in Abbas’s “Certified Copy” What a feast of artistic beautifully arranged frames. At the art gallery/shop, stonewalls, tasteful sculptures surround, light point strategically put in disguise of elegant lamps adding atmosphere. Also the reflection of the city of Tuscany,  on the car’s windshield, while they are driving away whilst having a flirtatious chat: we can now see antique large buildings, people walking in the street, the blue sky, all without loosing sight of the loving couple’s close up.

METHOD drives the detailed exploration of character, thought, line of action, history and background, afflictions, dream and desires, fears and secrets.

METHOD: Anatomy of the Creation Process

The making of METHOD, short film in working progress.

Symbolism, design, themes, music score and character study.
The creation process of a story of character, portraying the necessity for constant renewal.
Our characters try to reconcile the darkest side of their soul with the light that surrounds them yet some can’t or won’t. METHOD is employed to reveal the truth.

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METHOD (Susie’s Poem)

The bud the petal and the stem

The leaf the root and the seed

Sweetest of aromas live in you mysteriously

Aroused in the winter asleep in the summer

Brother to the Milky Way,

Blossom of the mother

Accelerate fervent heights of ecstasy

witness cosmic indulgence in sacred desire

Impregnate your want in the everlasting wall

Static in the Universe

You have an honest heart

You’re worthy soul

Your devoted nature

Gently caress my womanly essence

Shed your soul’s sweet perfume

Savage kindness shows mercy

Waves of bodily fluids in motion

Screaming uncensored passion

Though it’s heavy breath

Though its pressure on the chest

Though Darkness in the light

Death makes you a slave no more

Death frees you of all fear…

Springs of water run exhilarating

The end encounters the beginning

Where the sun finishes starts a new path

Beyond the horizon where the undreamt awaits

The dance of eternity holds your soul

Your boneless feet race with exuberating joy

The unshaken heart of us tunes to a symphony of everlasting reward

In your infinite Voyage take my will, witness of my love

In your infinite Voyage take my heart witness of my loss

Let me be the new prisoner of the wind

Let me Dance naked under waterfalls of fire

Let the one and only truth remain a secret

Because love was never conquered by death

Thus your last sigh remains with me forever.”

METHOD Sylvia Love